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RSM based expert system development for cutting force prediction during machining of Ti–6Al–4V under minimum quantity lubrication


In recent days the manufacturing process have become more precise and cost efficient due to advancement in the field of computer technology. Information technology has been integrated with manufacturing practice and has resulted in time reduction from concept of a product to marketing of the product. Cutting force generated is the main manufacturing issue raised among industries as it clearly affects quality and cost of the final product. Hence using extensive literature and data base knowledge optimum cutting parameters are selected. Therefore, this paper focuses on a response surface methodology (RSM) based expert system that has been developed using JAVA programming with the help of response surface second order model to automatically generate values of cutting force during machining of Ti–6Al–4V alloy under minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) for different process input parameters. From RSM it has been observed that calculated value of F (20.36) was greater than the F-table value (3.02) and hence the model developed can be effectively used for machining of Ti–6Al–4V alloy. Further the developed RSM based expert system model can be successfully used to predict the force generated during cutting process while machining Ti–6Al–4V alloy under MQL conditions.


The automobile and aerospace sectors are well-known for working under extreme mechanical and temperature conditions. It is desirable that the mechanical and machinability qualities of the material be understood in order to provide efficient and long-term performance under these conditions (Tolga 2005). Titanium alloys have been regarded as difficult to machine materials due to their high hardness, high chemical reactivity, and low thermal conductivity during machining, despite their exceptional characteristics. When comparing alpha phase titanium alloy to beta phase titanium alloy, there is a noticeable increase in cutting force (Donachie 2000). There has been various research carried out on machining of Titanium alloys. Siekmann (1955) suggested that machining of titanium alloy will be a challenge to the manufacturing industry. The cutting forces which were generated during machining of titanium alloys were similar to those obtained while machining steels (Nagi et al. 2008). Arrazola et al. (2009) carried out research on machining of titanium alloy and suggested that chatter was the major problem during machining due to low modulus of elasticity of titanium alloy. CaR and Milwain (1968), Konig et al. (1980) revealed that high temperature and high stresses induced at the tool cutting edge is the major problem while machining of titanium alloys. Hence proper selection of a cutting fluid to minimise this problem is of primary importance. Kaymakci et al. (2012) developed a unique cutting force model for various conventional machining process. Yang and Liu (1999) and Ahmed et al. (2007) suggested that cryogenic cooling and minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) can be considered as cutting fluids to increase the tool life. Ibrahim et al. (2014) carried out research on study of surface roughness under different lubrication modes. Wyen and Wegener (2010) studied the effects of cutting speed, feed and cutting edge radius on cutting forces while turning orthogonally the Ti–6Al–4 V titanium alloy workpiece. Islam et al. (2013) studied the effects of various input parameters such as cutting speed, feed and coolants on dimensional accuracy of cylindrical titanium alloy and suggested that by proper selection of cutting parameters the spring back problem can be nullified. Raviraj et al. (2014) during turning of Ti–6Al–4 V under almost dry machining using RSM, had analyzed the surface roughness. They had concluded that with selecting proper parameters for machining, a better performance at less time and cost could be achieved. Mookherjee and Bhattacharyya (2001) an expert system, namely EXTOOL, has been developed by the author and this system is based on the customer requisite material and geometry, to select inserts for turning and milling processes automatically”. Sapuan et al. (2002) have developed the expert tool material selection system for machining of automobile components. Chee et al. (2012) have developed an expert system for selection of carbide cutting tools for computer numerical control (CNC) lathe machine. Chougule et al. (2014) had developed an expert system to optimally select carbide cutting tools for turning operation. However, in spite of these many research on machining of titanium alloy researchers are still facing some challenges to titanium alloy part manufacture (Ezugwu and Wang 1997). However, application of MQL during machining of Titanium alloy using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) approach has been proved to be most effective technique for identifying the process output parameters (Dixit et al. 2012).

Hence in this paper an RSM based expert system has been developed using JAVA programming with the help of RSM model to predict cutting forces enhancement during machining of Ti–6Al–4 V alloy under MQL conditions.


The cutting experiments have been carried out in “PSG A141 lathe (2.2 KW)” using “Cubic Boron Nitride tool” under Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) Fig. 1.

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Experimental set up

In MQL, coconut oil is used as lubricant during machining. The cutting tool specification used to machine Ti–6Al–4V alloy are shown in Table 1. Table 2–Table 3 shows the Ti–6Al–4V chemical composition and mechanical properties at room temperature. The Ti–6Al–4V alloy specimen and its microstructure is shown in Fig. 2. The cutting forces generated during turning of Ti–6Al–4V alloy are measured by “9257BA KISTLER Dynamometer”.

Table 1 Cutting tool specification
Table 2 Chemical composition (wt%) of Ti–6Al–4V
Table 3 Mechanical properties of Ti–6Al–4V
Fig. 2
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Ti–6Al–4V specimen and its microstructure

Response surface methodology

Cutting force evolution during machining is challenging to analyse in the metal cutting industry. Evaluating cutting force has been the most effective way of determining the machining properties of any metal or alloy. As a result, an expert system based on RSM can anticipate cutting force as a function of cutting conditions in advance. RSM is a tool that uses a combination of mathematical and statistical techniques to develop a model, analyse the problem, and select the optimal cutting conditions (Montgomery 2005).

“In RSM the relationship between a process output variable of interest ‘y’ and a set of controllable variables {x1, x2.... xn} can be written in the form

$$y = f(x_{1} ,x_{2} , \ldots ,x_{n} ) + \varepsilon$$

where ε represents noise or error observed in the response y. If we denote the expected response be

$$E(y) = f(x_{1} ,x_{2} ,....,x_{n} ) = \hat{y}$$

then the surface represented by

$$\hat{y} = f(x_{1} ,x_{2} ,....,x_{n} )$$

is called response surface. The first step in RSM is to find a suitable approximation for the true functional relationship between y and set of independent variables employed. Usually a second order model is utilized in response surface methodology”.

$$\hat{y} = \beta_{o} + \sum\limits_{i = 1}^{k} {\beta_{i} } x_{i} + \sum\limits_{i = 1}^{k} {\beta_{ii} } x_{i}^{2} + \sum\limits_{i}^{{}} {} \sum\limits_{j}^{{}} {\beta_{ij} } x_{i} x_{j} + \varepsilon$$

Proposed by (Raviraj et al. 2008), the β coefficients, used in the above model can be calculated by means of least square method. However, a second-order model is normally used when the response function is unknown or nonlinear. “Face centred central composite design (FCCD)” is used while conducting the experiment in which α = 1, three controllable process factors (p = 3), region of interest coded {− 1, 1} whose levels are presented in Table 4 followed by 20 sets of experiments using “two-level full factorial with 8 factorial points, augmented with additional 6 centre and 6 axial points” as shown in Fig. 3.

Table 4 Experimental design matrix
Fig. 3
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Representation of a 23 central composite design

A second-order model has been established for cutting force using response surface methodology. The selected levels and factors in machining of Ti–6Al–4V under MQL using response surface methodology are shown in Table 5.

Table 5 Levels and factors

Expert system

Because of the widespread use of Ti–6Al–4V in modern manufacturing industries, expert systems have evolved in process planning of machine tool, cutting conditions, and operating sequences. Because cutting conditions differ from material to material, appropriate instructions for selecting cutting condition must be provided. In the final section of the study, expert system-based software was developed utilizing JAVA programming to analyze the cutting force generated at various cutting parameters during Ti–6Al–4V machining under MQL. Figure 4 shows the general structure of the Expert system.

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General structure of the expert system

Results and discussion

Cutting force (RSM)

Response surface methodology is a popular technique for identifying the best process output variables with the fewest number of trials. This technique can be used to construct a second order mathematical model during metal cutting.

The relationship between the cutting parameters and cutting force has been expressed as follows:

$$\begin{aligned} Cutting \, force \, \left( N \right) & = 194.63 - 1.258A + 0.958B + 25.26C + 0.0062A^{2} \\ & \quad + 172.45B^{2} - 2.98C^{2} - 0.181AB - 0.043AC - 53.72BC \\ \end{aligned}$$

From the analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (Table 6), it was observed that F calculated value (20.36) was greater than the F-table value (3.02) followed by P-table value less than 0.05 (95% confidence level) and hence the developed model was quiet adequate.

Table 6 ANOVA table for response function of the cutting force

The contour and surface plots for each of the response surfaces at varied cutting conditions are plotted using the second order model (Figs. 5, 6 and 7). Cutting force can be predicted using response contours and surface plots in any zone of the machining domain. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photographs of a machined surface at various cutting speeds are shown in Fig. 8. Figure 9 shows the mean cutting force profile at “101 m/min (Cutting Speed), 0.11 mm/rev (Feed) and 0.25 mm (Depth of cut)”.

Fig. 5
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Cutting force contour plot and surface plot in cutting speed-feed planes at different depth of cut

Fig. 6
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Cutting force contour plot and surface plot in depth of cut-feed planes at different cutting speed

Fig. 7
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Cutting force contour plot and surface plot in cutting speed-depth of cut planes at different feed

Fig. 8
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SEM images of machined surface under different cutting speed a 45 m/min, b 73 m/min, c 101 m/min

Fig. 9
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Cutting force profile at 101 m/min (cutting speed), 0.11 mm/rev (feed) and 0.25 mm (depth of cut)

Cutting force (RSM based expert system)

Cutting force during Ti–6Al–4V machining has a significant impact on manufacturing costs. As a result, a JAVA-based expert system model based on RSM has been created. NET BEANS was the software which has been used in this paper. Figure 10 shows the cutting force component representation file.

Fig. 10
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Cutting force component representation file

The RSM-based expert system calculates the cutting force generated during Ti–6Al–4V machining under various cutting circumstances first. The method for calculating cutting force is based on the response surface mathematical model generated in Eq. 1. Figure 11 shows the cutting parameter chosen using an RSM-based expert system under MQL lubrication conditions. “From RSM based expert system it is observed that at 101 m/min (Cutting Speed), 0.11 mm/rev (Feed) and 0.25 mm (Depth of cut) the cutting force generated was 134.565 N”.

$${\text{Cutting}}{\mkern 1mu} {\text{force}}{\mkern 1mu} \left( N \right) = {\beta _o} + {\beta _1}A + {\beta _2}B + {\beta _3}C + {\beta _4}{A^2} + {\beta _5}{B^2} + {\beta _6}{C^2} + {\beta _7}AB + {\beta _8}AC + {\beta _9}BC + \varepsilon$$
Fig. 11
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Cutting parameter selection using RSM based expert system

Confirmatory experiments for cutting force

Cutting force generated during machining of Ti–6Al–4V is predicted and verified using MQL application verification tests. Figure 12 depicts the cutting force validation of experimental results and RSM-based Expert system results. Figure 12 shows that the experimental and predicted values for all of the tests in the experiment were fairly similar.

Fig. 12
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Validation of experimental results and RSM based Expert system results


The following findings can be made from the study of RSM and RSM-based expert systems for machining Ti–6Al–4V under MQL:

  • The calculated F value (20.36) was found to be more than the F-table value (3.02) from RSM, indicating that the proposed model may be used successfully for machining Ti–6Al–4V.

  • It was discovered from the response contours and surface plot that increasing cutting speed resulted in a reduction in cutting force.

  • The developed RSM-based expert system allows the user to analyse the cutting force and select cutting parameters in order to get the desired result in a short amount of time and at a low cost.

  • During the validation of experimental data using an RSM-based expert system, it was discovered that the experimental and projected values for all of the selected tests of experiments were relatively similar.

Future work

To begin with, only few variables were selected for the RSM based expert system model. In order to investigate the effects of other variables, further study is required. Though the values and methods recommended in the literature were selected, some of the important factors such as lubricant pressure, nozzle diameter, lubricant impinging angle, nose radius, tool materials, rake angle, clearance angle and shank size were treated as constant input factors in the RSM based expert system model. An experiment aimed at determining the influence of these factors would be appropriate. Further, the RSM-based expert system model developed in this paper can be utilized to develop a mechanistic model, which will include other elements such as machine dynamics and tool geometry, and can forecast cutting force outputs for a larger variety of cutting situations.


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Shetty, R., Kumar, C.R.S. & Ravindra, M.R. RSM based expert system development for cutting force prediction during machining of Ti–6Al–4V under minimum quantity lubrication. Int J Syst Assur Eng Manag (2021).

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  • Ti–6Al–4V
  • Cutting force
  • Response surface methodology
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